Last weekend we met Susanna´s relatives. One of them was a 9-year-old girl, Saga. With her help we buildt a bed for the quest room of the doll house.
Now we can sleep in the blue room, which is a bit more suitable for us than the pink bed room! It is a good place to relax. I sipped some drink and ate a lot of finnish chocolate while Paul was writing our blog with the lap top. But then we started to long for some real adventure! This room is comfy, but we need more excitement!
We decided to dig a snow cave on the front yard! Susanna and Saga helped us in digging. As the night came we chose to stay in the cave. We made a nice fire and took turns on guarding it. It was quite a cold night but we survived just fine in our warm sleeping bags.
The next day we went for a long walk on the ice of the Lake Saimaa. The weather was great - sun was shining beautifully. We also visited the church of Ruokolahti. Ruokolahti is a small village next to Imatra.
Saimaa is the largest lake in Finland. Its water is clean and clear and therefore Saimaa is the only home of Saimaa ringed seals. This seal is one of the most endangered seals in the world and in Saimaa there is only about 200 seals. We didn´t see any of them.
On the way back to our hosts we went to see another church also. This is the Church of Thee Crosses, a modern church designed by Alvar Aalto and built in 1950s. Aalto was a famous finnish architect.
When you are visiting Finland you just can´t avoid the sauna. Finnish people love sauna, but even more they love to take foreigners to sauna. Susanna and Miika has a cute little sauna building. We had to carry some water in the buckets and also fire wood. Then we warmed up the sauna stove.
Sauna is a warm... well, a terribly hot place where people wash themselves. We took off our clothes and went in bravely.
It was very nice. Susanna and Miika told us that the best saunas are the ones that are located on a lake shore. Then you can hop into the cooling water after sauna. Even in wintertime!